Review + Photos: Spoon shake up the Masonic

Spoon (photo: Aaron Rubin) On Wednesday, January 17, Austin rock band Spoon brought an increased intensity to the Masonic in San Francisco proper. Hot Thoughts, the band's latest and near-universally acclaimed record, is the first Spoon release to not feature an acoustic guitar. Instead, from the smiles and playful back-and-forth one-upping between frontman Britt Daniel and guitarist/keyboardist Alex Fischel, it appearsd that the once-standard sound of an indie piano band has been upgraded to oscillating synthesizers and quaking bass. That's not to say that Spoon has ever resisted the avant-garde of noise experimentation — it's present throughout their career, all the [...]

By |January 19, 2018|Tags: |

Spoon returns to the Bay Area with Masonic show tonight

Spoon is not wasting any time delivering Hot Thoughts in these cold winter months. Following a fall tour that took them from West Coast to East Coast, and to the UK, with shows from September through a New Year's Eve double headliner in Maryland, the band is already back on the road. After appearing with The Shins at The Greek in Berkeley in September, Spoon is returning to San Francisco proper to headline the Masonic tonight, Wednesday, January 17. The band, which includes frontman Britt Daniel, drummer Jim Eno, multi-instrumentalist Rob Pope and not-so-secret weapon Alex Fischel on keys and guitar, had a [...]

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Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit 2015 Lineup Announced

The yearly Bridge School Benefit Concert—booked and produced by Neil Young as a fundraiser for the special needs school founded by himself and now ex-wife Pegi Young—could be the only acoustic music festival in existence, and even if that's not true, it's still probably the best. This year's festivities will take place at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Oct 25-26. Previous years headliners include Guns 'N Roses, Thom Yorke, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Billy Corgan, Arcade Fire, Dave Matthews, and more. Although looking at the above list, not a single one of the 9 notable bands I just listed are led by women. Bridge [...]

Outside Lands 2014: Your Guide to SF’s Biggest Summer Musical Experience

Outside Lands 2014 show poster (DKNG Studios) It's that time of year again – the yearning masses will descend upon San Francisco this weekend for the City's now hallmark summer musical experience Outside Lands. Yep, the seventh edition of the gigantic gig in Golden Gate Park kicks off Friday at noon and, as you've undoubtedly learned by now, it will be headlined by none other than Kanye, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and The Killers. Headliners can be hit-or-miss, but the strength of Outside Lands (or any festival, for that matter) typically lies in the undercard. Sure, you may get [...]

Mixtape: Twenty Years of Noise Pop (Podcast #269)

Mixtape: Twenty Years of Noise Pop (Podcast #269) In February, the Noise Pop Music Festival turns twenty by gathering over one hundred local and touring bands from across the indie spectrum for a week of exciting concerts all over the City. Two decades of championing independent music is an accomplishment worth celebrating, and this mixtape collects twenty bands that have performed at Noise Pop events in years past. As you'll hear, a whole bunch of big names graced Noise Pop bills before achieving fame, as past festivals hosted early performances by bands like Spoon, Death Cab for Cutie and Mates [...]

Spoon finish tour with sold-out show at the Fox

Photos by: Charlie Homo It's a particularly long musical interlude, and Britt Daniel has taken off his short leather jacket, revealing his standard concert ensemble of tight pants and fitted button-down shirt. He looks out over the absolutely packed Fox Theater - a crowd filled with the underage idolizers, the mega-nerd old-school fans (ahem), and the bros with bad dance moves periodically yelling out "PLAY 'THE UNDERDOG'!" He squats for a few moments near the foot of the stage, and looks pointedly at people in the front whose faces he can actually see before the drown of the lights. He [...]

By |April 16, 2010|Tags: |
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